Norden Fund 2014 Information Session


(l) Bookstore, Helsinki (r) Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo

The Deborah J. Norden Fund 2014 Information Session
Thomas Ryan, 2006 grantee
Alice Colverd and Alexander McLean, 2013 grantees
Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League

Please note: the date of this program has changed. It is now Thursday, January 30, 2014.

The Architectural League of New York invites you to an information session on the Deborah J. Norden Fund, an annual program of the League that supports independent travel and research for recent graduates in architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. Past winners Thomas Ryan and Alice Colverd & Alexander McLean will discuss their projects, followed by a Q&A about the grant process with League staff.

Thomas Ryan received the 2006 Norden Fund grant for his proposal Horizontal Light: Lewerentz, Aalto and the Nordic Landscape, an exploration of works by Alvar Aalto and Sigurd Lewerentz in Sweden and Finland. Amidst the mid-2000s New York real estate boom and feverous desire to build, Ryan sought to investigate these Nordic architects’ seemingly different approaches to the built environment. Themes considered included scale, order, landscape, history, and context. More project information and images can be found here.

Alice Colverd & Alexander McLean received the 2013 Norden Fund grant for their proposal Tokyo’s Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture. Their project mapped and studied Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, which the city plans to relocate in time for the 2020 Olympic games. Colverd and McLean documented the movement of goods in and spatial organization of Tsukiji, the largest fish market worldwide, in its environs. Expect a longer feature on Colverd and McLean’s project soon here.

The fund was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The prize awards up to $5,000 annually in travel and study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on April 17, 2014. For the 2014 call for submissions and full information on the competition, click here.

For a complete list of past winners and funded projects, click here. For more competition history and features highlighting the work of past Norden grantees through their essays, photographs, and sketches from around the world, click here.

Travel Reports from The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a publication documenting the first ten years of Norden Fund grants, was published in January 2007. To order a copy of the publication, or to ask questions about application submission, call 212.753.1722 ext. 10, or email

Time & Place
Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:00 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607
The information session is free and open to all. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to